Man admits killing rival furniture salesman in Ohio in 1992

Sam Perone (WDTN Photo)
Sam Perone (WDTN Photo)

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An Arizona man has admitted killing a rival furniture salesman in Ohio in 1992 and has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison.

Sixty-eight-year-old Sam Perone pleaded guilty Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter and gross abuse of a corpse in the death of Richard Woods. The body of the 41-year-old Dublin, Ohio, man was found with gunshot wounds to the head in a ravine near Perone’s Lebanon store. Blood was found on carpet in the store.

Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda sentenced Perone to 11 years in prison. He was arrested a year ago at his Phoenix home.

Perone had previously pleaded not guilty to murder charges and denied involvement in Woods’ death. Members of Woods’ family, including his widow, were in court Tuesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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